Friday, November 14, 2008

more food

On tuesday this week, my friend Jen made us some amazing vegetable soup. I think the exact ingredients are a secret, but it was full of carrots, peas, potatoes, artichokes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and general deliciousness - here, i took a picture.

to go with it, i made some bread. Here's the recipe i followed:
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve honey in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over the top, and let stand for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
  2. Stir the olive oil into the yeast mixture, then mix in the whole wheat flour, salt, and 1 cup of the all-purpose flour until dough starts to come together.
  3. Knead in the remaining all-purpose flour, until all of the flour has been absorbed, and the ball of dough becomes smooth, about 10 minutes (adding flour as needed).
  4. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with lid of bread pan (or towel), and let stand in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  5. reshape dough into loaf shape. Here I made a french bread loaf.
  6. Let rise for about 45 minutes, until doubled.
  7. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  8. Use a spray bottle to mist water into the oven (helps bread to rise more before crust forms) close oven and KEEP IT CLOSED! varying heat will mess with the rise.
  9. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes until bread crust is hard, sounds hollow when tapped

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